Who Will Survive the Seven Questions?
Twice a month, we toss seven questions at one of our favorite artists, creators, makers, or innovators. It’s a chance for us to support people in our greater creative community—those who inspire us and intrigue us. Even better, it gives us yet another chance to talk whiskey!
Shaun Branigan has written and performed for Esther’s Follies, America’s longest-running live sketch comedy show, for 23 years. He is one of the creators of Fragile Rock, the world’s greatest and only emo puppet band, whose 2017 NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” went viral. And he has written and produced over a dozen original children’s shows for Zach Scott Theatre. He’s originally from Boston, which rhymes with Austin, so there’s a certain symmetry, no?…
You may recognize Antonio Bond from the current season of HBO’s hit reality show, Full Bloom. Antonio is the founder and owner of Transplants Floral, an independent floral boutique located in Austin. He routinely tours the landscapes of West Texas, California and the American Southwest looking for trinkets, bones, foliage and bucolic items to incorporate into his floral designs. He has no formal training, instead applying his knowledge of art and design to a trade he learned while working in the floral section at a local grocery store. Since his meager beginnings, his work has been sought out through word-of-mouth by renowned photographer Dan Winters, acclaimed Hotelier Liz Lambert, Senator Wendy Davis, and numerous celebrities for weddings and special events. His book Transplants: Eclectic Floral Design is available wherever exceptionally cool books are sold….
Happy Father’s Day! Here at Still Austin, we consider every aspect of our work to be a creative endeavor—and that philosophy leads right to the top. Brandon Joldersma is our COO, and he approaches the job of running the distillery in the way that a great artist might run an atelier. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Brandon worked his way up through the ranks of the beverage industry—working in both wine and cider before turning to whiskey. As Still Austin’s Chief Operating Officer, Brandon has built the distillery into one of the most successful whiskey startups in the history of Texas, with plans to expand nationwide. In the spring of 2020, Brandon and his wife Mae welcomed their first baby, and they’re loving life in Central Texas….